Currently, Elvira Crois is working on her research project ‘The Connective Organism: Towards a Participatory Approach to Genetics in Sensorial Theatre’ in preparation of a PhD. This project wants to answer to a current hiatus in the field of theatre genetics by introducing participatory research methodologies.
Through participatory research methods, the project inquires into interactive and participatory performing arts, including the work of Katrien Oosterlinck (BE) (www.spatie.info), Seppe Baeyens (BE) (www.ultimavez.com/en/joint-forces/seppe-baeyens) and Sarah John (AU/DK) (nhojharas.com). By mapping embodied interactive and participatory theatre practices, the research aims to identify the attributes of a performer’s capacity to interact with an audience. Furthermore the research considers power dynamics and politics of interaction and participation within both the training contexts and performances of these practices.
Elvira Crois holds an MA degree in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of Antwerp. From 2015-2017 she worked as a socio-cultural worker at Gemeenschapscentrum De Kriekelaar in Schaarbeek, Brussels. Since 2017 she has taken up the role as assessor of Erasmus+ youth projects for the national agency JINT. Elvira is part of Apaya Network, a European network of young researchers who explore the poetics of sensorial theatre. Furthermore she is an organising member of the interuniversity doctoral course “What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century Academia?” and co-president of the informal body of doctoral students of the department of literature.
- Crois, Elvira (2020) 'Researcher as Resource: Participatory Methodology and Fair Practice' Creative dialogue facilitated at Intersections Conference 2020, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London 24 January 2020.
- Crois, Elvira (2019) 'Politics of participatory aesthetics: prototyping social relationships in performing arts' Presented at 14th NOFOD (Nordic Forum for Dance Research) Conference: Practice, Participation and Politics, Uniarts Helsinki, Helsinki 12 June 2019-16 June 2019.
- Crois, Elvira (2019) 'In Dissensus, We Trust: Prototyping Social Relationships in Participatory Theatre' Presented at International Conference “Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies”, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao 23 May 2019-24 May 2019.
- Crois, Elvira & Oosterlinck, Katrien (2018) 'Shifting Spaces' Workshop facilitated at International Colloquium Performing Intimacy, Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, 4 October 2018-6 October 2018.
- Crois, Elvira (2020) 'Responsible combodying: the intelligence of discomfort in guiding interactive performance' Research in Drama Education 25(3)
- Crois, Elvira (2019) 'Bearing Collective Learning Processes: An Inquiry into Commoning Knowledge' In B. Custers, L. Marin, J. Masschelein, H. Schildermans, M. Simons, J. Vlieghe & G. H. Kuen Wong (Eds.) Reclaiming Study Practices. Paper presented at Reclaiming Study Practices. Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Conference, KU leuven, Leuven, 18-20 September 2019 (pp. 69-73).
- Crois, Elvira (2019) 'In Dissensus, We Trust: Prototyping Social Relationships in Participatory Theatre' In B. Tejerina, C. Miranda de Almeida & I. Perugorría (Eds.) Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies. Paper presented at Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Bilbao, 23-24 May 2019 (pp. 320-331).Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)
- Crois, Elvira (2015) ‘Een leven pellen als een artisjok. Sensitief theater en presence’ Documenta 33(1): 53-75
- Crois, Elvira; Crombez, Thomas; de Smet, Sofie; Hendrickx, Sébastien; Stalpaert, Christel; Van Baarle, Kristof; Vermeulen, Pieter (2015) ‘Voorbij de kroniek. Over het belang van theatertijdschriften.’ Documenta 33(2): 10-32